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City outlaws town camping

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

There was no packed council chambers and little discussion when the Custer City Council approved the second and final reading of its ordinance prohibiting living in campers in town Monday night.
Ordinance No. 731, which prohibits the use of any recreational vehicle, travel trailer, motor home or converted car/bus for dwelling purposes within the jurisdiction of the City of Custer received its second reading with little fanfare, with only alderman Jim Hattervig voting against the second reading. 
The ordinance passed with no changes made to it since its first reading, although the ordinance was sent back to the city’s general government committee after residents raised some questions about the ordinance at its first reading May 6.
Alderwoman Karen Schleining said the ordinance was discussed at “great length” at the general government committee meeting, and alderwoman Jeannie Fischer called the ordinance “a foundation” through which city enforcement officials can crack down on such activity.
As passed, the ordinance prohibits living in any such vehicle in town, and also makes it unlawful to hook any such vehicle up to sewer service or to winterize such a vehicle by means of installing insulation, skirting, heat tapes or other such physical modification to prevent freezing. Commercial campground are excluded from the ordinance.

There was no packed council chambers and little discussion when the Custer City Council approved the second and final reading of its ordinance prohibiting living in campers in town Monday night.

Ordinance No. 731, which prohibits the use of any recreational vehicle, travel trailer, motor home or converted car/bus for dwelling purposes within the jurisdiction of the City of Custer received its second reading with little fanfare, with only alderman Jim Hattervig voting against the second reading. 

The ordinance passed with no changes made to it since its first reading, although the ordinance was sent back to the city’s general government committee after residents raised some questions about the ordinance at its first reading May 6.

Alderwoman Karen Schleining said the ordinance was discussed at “great length” at the general government committee meeting, and alderwoman Jeannie Fischer called the ordinance “a foundation” through which city enforcement officials can crack down on such activity.

As passed, the ordinance prohibits living in any such vehicle in town, and also makes it unlawful to hook any such vehicle up to sewer service or to winterize such a vehicle by means of installing insulation, skirting, heat tapes or other such physical modification to prevent freezing. Commercial campground are excluded from the ordinance.

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